Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mike Friedman for a Tough Job

I have been in shock for a week after the Plano ISD Board of Trustees voted to saddle the district with a White Elephant. It has been a bad week in Plano. A young lady who worked at the Gleneagles Country Club was kidnapped and murdered. It has been a terrible week.

And it is a terrible thought to realize that our Board of Trustees excels in spending money, not in educating our children. If you double-click on the embedded image, you can see it full size. You will see that Plano spends more per student than our neighbors, who have better test results. You will also see we pay more to our superintendent than the other districts.

I have come to realize that the Old Guard on the school board must excel in what they value: spending money. This is why they felt compelled to buy an office building that has sat empty for years, even though they have no real plans for the building. They do not have a firm plan for the Academy, but they buy a building anyway. The administration had the audacity during the board meeting to suggest this building is essentially free: the bond money was "left over" money from a previous bond issue, and the operational expenses will rain down from rich donors.

Carrolyn Moebius and Marilyn Hinton were a disappoinment. When they were elected I thought they would make a difference, but they joined the Old Guard in rubber stamping the administration's spending plan. Marilyn Hinton explained that she placed her trust in the administration, which is what a rubber stamp does. Their failure on the board makes it imperative we make the right choice for Place 4.

In the race for Place 4 we need a good counter-weight to Missy Bender. Ms Bender took the lead in defending the board's commitment to buy a building before the new board members could be seated. Ms Bender presented herself as a new leader for the board on Tuesday, April 19, but I believe she is out of touch with the educational needs of our children.

Mike Friedman serves on numerous boards and is board president of the Legacy Senior Communities. Mike's wife is a former school teacher, so he is close to the heart beat of our schools. When the campaigns started I had planned to vote for Steve Day and to endorse him. I believe Steve can function well as a board member, but not as President of the Board of Trustees.

I can see Mike Friedman as President of the Plano Board of Trustees, and I believe the Plano ISD needs his leadership on the board. I have spent time talking to both Mike and Steve. I know Paul Kaminsky from the last election. As much as I like Steve Day, I believe that Mike Friedman is a better choice in this election. Next year might be worse than this year because we have a White Elephant in addition to revenue problems. We are not doing anyone a favor by putting him on the board. I believe Mike Friedman is the right man for the tough job ahead.

Please vote for Michael Friedman, Place 4, for the Plano ISD Board of Trustees.

Robert Canright

PS: Here is a definition for White Elephant, "A possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

David Stolle for PISD Board

After the League of Women Voters forum on April 9, 2011, I decided to endorse David Stolle for the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Place 5.

David's opponent said he was going to defer to the administration because they are professionals. David's opponent explained that he would not want the PISD administration to tell him how to run his law practice, so he is not going to tell the PISD administration how to conduct their business. This is exactly what is wrong with the Old Guard on the board of trustees.

By constantly rubber stamping the administration's decisions, the Old Guard has allowed the quality of Plano schools to slip. See the accompanying chart of last year's TAKS results. Plano has significantly more struggling schools than our neighbors: Allen, Richardson, and Frisco. Plano has significantly fewer Exemplary schools than our neighbors. Frisco and Allen are Exemplary districts while Plano is only a Recognized district.

The quality of Plano schools has slipped because the Old Guard forgot who they served. The Old Guard, by deferring to the administration, serves the administration instead of the community of Plano. The lack of oversight by the board has led to a continuing slip in the quality of our children's education.

The board of trustees does not have to tell the administration how to do their jobs, but the board must say no to the administration when a mistake is being made.

Please vote in the Plano ISD election. Early voting is May 2 - 10. Election Day is Saturday May 14. Please vote for David Stolle for Place 5.

Robert Canright

PS: Double click on the chart and you will see a larger version.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Plano League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters of Plano/Collin County will host a public candidate forum to provide information to voters for the coming May 14 Local Election.

The candidate forum will be Saturday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., at Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75023. There will be two sessions, as follows:

* Session 1, 10:30-11:30, for Plano City Council candidates
* Meet & Greet, 11:30-12:00, for all candidates in both sessions
* Session 2, 12:00-12:45, for Plano ISD Trustee candidates

Robert Canright

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

David Stolle, Michael Friedman, Steve Day Run for PISD Trustee

I am not running for PISD Trustee this year.

I am not ready to make recommendations yet, but I suggest you follow David Stolle for the Place 5 seat and follow Mike Friedman and Steve Day for the Place 4 seat. We have fresh people running and I am excited about this election.

Here is a link to David Stolle's website.

Here is a link to Michael Friedman's website.

Here is a link to Steve Day's blog.

Robert Canright

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Important Message: Your Child's Future

What is the most important message I can share with you on the last day of early voting? It is this:

Our children need the very best eduction we can give them to help them through the difficult years ahead.

Robert Canright is the only PISD candidate who understands this problem and has a plan to help your children prosper in difficult times.

This chart shows in red and blue the average household expense and income by decade. The difference is the disposable income. The data shows the average American household cannot afford to own a home! There is not enough disposable income to pay for house repairs. When the government and banks pushed loans onto people to buy houses they could not afford, an economic meltdown was predictable.

The real threat is the trend. From the 1980's through the present expenses outpace income. Your children, and mine, will be drowning in red ink. I have read a story of a physician who borrowed $250,000 to become a doctor. After having trouble getting employment, the debt grew to $700,000. The doctor said she would not finish paying off her debt until she is 70 years old and will never be able to buy a house. This is the threat facing your children: that heavy debt from a college education and a lack of jobs for your child will drive your children into crushing debt by the power of compounding interest. There is no relief from college debt by bankruptcy!

Our economy is going insane! College will become a place of economic doom instead of opportunity. Wall Street is becoming an engine for wealth destruction, not wealth creation.

There is no longer one American economy. There are three: the Wall Street economy, the middle-class economy, and the poor-person's economy. Only the Wall Street economy is growing, but it is growing by taking away from the middle-class and the poor.

I am the only candidate with a vision to guide our children to a brighter future: the Texas Ascendant Campaign. We start by fixing the curriculum and spending problems in the PISD. Then we use the vision of Texas Ascendant as a goal for educating our children to succeed in difficult times.

You can see the above chart in larger format on my website. You will also see I have analyzed the spending at PISD and found it out of control.

I am the only candidate who has looked at the money issues. If you believe in fiscal responsibility, if you care about your children, then you should vote for Robert Canright.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

27 Years of Failure

The last chart on my website has this bullet under the column "Reform Education:" 27 years of failure. By this I am referring to the 27 years that have passed since the publication in April 1987 of A Nation At Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. This report was famous for lines such as these:

"... the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people."

"If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war."

"Each generation of Americans has outstripped its parents in education, in literacy, and in economic attainment. For the first time in the history of our country, the educational skills of one generation will not surpass, will not equal, will not even approach, those of their parents."

I have typed these lines from my copy of this report, purchased 27 years ago and saved these many years because I love education and wanted to see how this report would compare to our nation's results after some decades have passed.

After 27 years of failure and mountains of money spent for naught, we should all be very skeptical of the educational establishment that has led us in circles.

It is time we take our schools back. The Board of Trustees in Plano have served as boosters, but have allowed our district to be mismanaged. I can now understand why America cannot fix its schools: because the nation's school boards are full of lap-dogs instead of watch-dogs, and Plano is no different.

Vote for Robert Canright and I will be a watch-dog, alert to problems, and vocal about fixing them.

See me speak at the Conservative Hispanic Society/LULAC Forum.
My watch said I had 30 seconds remaining when they buzzed me, so I didn't finish my last chart.
You can see me talk to that last chart here.

Robert Canright
Candidate for Place 1
Every registered voter can vote for me -- there are no geographic zones for the school board seats.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Robert Canright Runs for PISD Board Because He Cares

Plano is a great city with great kids. I care about the kids in Plano, which is why I run for the school board, Place 1.

In Round Rock two years ago, after a great Plano Senior High football playoff game, I noticed a car full of teenagers that was not leaving the parking lot. I drove over, with my family, and asked if everything was okay. It turned out they had a flat tire.

The boys said they knew how to change a tire, but I parked the car and asked them to show me. Well, they were missing the crank they needed to jack their car up. I loaned them my crank, and then discovered they did not really know how to change a tire.

I changed their flat tire for them, told them their spare was low on air and they needed to get more air in the spare. I had my daughter get their phone number and check on them to make sure they made it safely to a gas station to get their tire inflated.

I love my children, but I care about all the children of Plano. I want all the children of Plano to get the best education we can provide them so they can live full and prosperous lives.

We do need to make changes in Plano to give our children the best education. I am willing to work to help make those changes just as surely as I am willing to change your child's car tire if needed, but I need your help. You need to vote for me on election day, and call and email your friends to get them to vote on Saturday, May 8.

Thank you,
Robert Canright

PS: I have voiced the opinion elsewhere that I believe continuing the Candy Cane Lawsuit is a waste of time and money, reflecting poorly on the district's reputation. I have caught some flack from some people because I have not gotten into the details of the case and voiced opinions on the details. There are a number of details. However, as seen by one comment, at least one good person has assumed that I have voiced an opinion on one of the details, but I have not.

There is some complexity to the legal issues and I will let the lawyers speak to the details. I simply question whether the Plano ISD should persist down this road.

Professional photography by Alisha Downs from Beyond Exposure